So we have Basenji Fever!!! We are in the process of getting a male B to join us and our Diva girl Saavik. It will be a foster to adopt placement so we can try and adjust before deciding on permanent placement with us. I'd love to hear about peoples experiences with this transition and some ideas on how to go about it smoothly….
He is about the same age as our Girl (a little over 2) and she is very dominant. He has been a very good submissive boy with the alpha girl at his current foster.
I also have a girl about the same age as your B who has similar aggression issues… I'm so sorry this happened to you! I'm sure it was scary for all involved... But I find it hard to fault the Basenji for attacking in her own yard. Was the poodle off leash? If so then the owner can't really blame you for such an incident...If they brought the dog over by their own accord then they should know to be careful approaching a dog.... I do not have any answer on how to remedy/avoid situations such as this....But I would take offense to the poodle's owner claiming your B is a danger.
Our B is very aggressive towards most dogs…She absolutely hates my parents JRT and my Brother's weiner dog. She has gotten along well with our friend's boxers and I suspect for the same reasons that Dave&Pipet suggested. Unfortunately, there are not any other basenjis in our area(that we know of) so she hasn't been able to play with other Bs since she was a foster. Basenjis seem to have the "coolest kid" on the playground mentality.
I'm sure since yours are still so young that they can be well socialized!
Thanks so much for the advice!!! We love her very much and she instantly fit in with our personalities. We will try the treats and go from there. We have been teaching her that she gets rewarded for sitting and playing nice…So we'll see how she progresses...She very well may have had bad experiences with children or even more likely adults.
Patty- I love the name Lola!!! as I type this Saavik is curled up on her pink blanket(she loves anything pink!) laying between Zack and I on the couch She has adjusted well to our routine... She has made it clear that she wishes to be the only dog in the house though
Saavik is a rescue and is a little over two years old…We don't know if her previous owners had kids or if she has ever really been exposed to children. She can be snarky at times to strangers but will normally give a warning growl and warm up to them after a little while... With that being said, she loves our best friends and is always willing let them hold her etc. They have two little girls- a 4 year old and 2 year old... Saavik has met them several times and the girls know to approach her slowly and gentle stick there hand out so she can sniff etc... Saavik will sniff and allow them to pet her but doesn't seem to enjoy it very much... then later the girls will try to repeat letting her sniff and pet her again... she has started to try nipping at them... not overly aggressive...but it has made me uneasy of having her around kids. any advice or ideas to help?
She has a Kong and a chewy squeaker in there with her… Most of the time she has is tired out by the time we put her in there... It's weird b/c all of the times we've had incidents she had plenty of play time before the crate... our weekly morning routine is that i feed her and take her our before work and she gets back in bed with zack and sleeps another hour or so before he goes to work... She never chews anything during this type of routine... Seems to be happening on weekends on days off from work.
it seems like Saavik has developed some separation anxiety with her crate… She has been fine up until this point and accustomed to her routine during the week. We have only had her about a month but everything was going smoothly til Thursday Zack was home with her most of the day, and he put her in the crate around 2:30PM. Normally she wines for 10 minutes and settles down.. I got home at 5:30 and she had pushed her tray out of the crate and destroyed her blanket. The vet said she may have some mild anxiety and gave me an all natural med in the form of a chicken liver dog treat..No issues on friday... Saturday gave her the dog treat which she was on day 3 of at that point... put her in the crate and went to the gym for literally 1 hour returned and found she had started chewing the plastic tray!!! Sunday same thing gone to gym for one hour and she had destroyed the plastic tray... she was put back in the crate a few hours later while we left for some errands...when we came back she was fine no chewing of her new blanket etc... We are going to invest in a metal crate tray and hope that will stop the destruction... She is perfect when out of the crate with the exception of being one nosy basenji!!! she sleeps in the bed with us all night... So I don't think she is getting too much crate time
She turned 2 in December… We rescued her from BRAT....She has had a bit of Dandruff and I thought I'd give her a bath with Oatmeal Shampoo tomorrow and see if that may help as well.
I looked over your website, you have some of the best looking Basenji's I have ever seen!!!! kudos to you!
she does it usually in the evening after dinner and will later lick her paws and thighs….yesterday was her monthly does of revolution...so we thought maybe the medicine had worn off from last month and she was more susceptible to fleas etc...I thought I would keep an eye on her for the next few days and may take her to the vet next week if she gets worse or showed any true symptoms.
We have had Saavik for about two weeks now…Every night she a good 5-10 minutes lick fest on her butt and genital area...At first we thought she was just cleaning herself... but she gets very intense like it is bothering her...However, she acts fine the rest of the time... She eats and drinks plenty of water...Normal bowel movements and she isn't peeing more frequently or anything... She doesn't seem to have any inflammation or fishy smells.
I'm just wondering if her behavior is normal and as a new pet owner maybe I'm overly worrying of if you guys think I should make her a vet appointment....